Sunshine on Leith Reviews

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Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
October 7, 2013
Fletcher gets good performances from a game cast but I wouldn't give you half a sixpence for his skills as a musical impresario.
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
June 5, 2014
Lovers of musicals and/or The Proclaimers may find themselves overlooking the flaws and enjoying this film a lot more than me.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
May 18, 2014
I feel a bit mean not to embrace Stephen Greenhorn's adaptation of his good hearted stage musical, but the film plods instead of soars, despite its genuine characters and heartfelt performances
Angela Britten
Sky Movies
October 4, 2013
It will be a cold heart that can't warm to this sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 3, 2013
A far cry from the likes of Rock of Ages and Mamma Mia!, and worth seeing for Mullan's Tom Waits-channelling alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tara Brady
Irish Times
October 4, 2013
We'd say it was a Celtic Umbrellas of Cherbourg. But they didn't have headbutts or anything like as much fun in that film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
June 6, 2014
It's pleasant. It will provoke a smile. Take your grandma
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
May 19, 2014
There is nothing quite as alarming as sitting down to a film and only then discovering it's a musical, to say nothing of the confusion that comes with the realisation it's comprised entirely of Proclaimers songs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 4, 2013
As the drama builds up to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) you'll know exactly what's coming, but will be swept along regardless by what is surely one of the greatest pop songs ever written.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
April 6, 2014
[Fletcher's] adaptation of the hit stage play is to Scottish audiences as Mamma Mia! is to The Me Generation and and Rock of Ages is to Gen X-ers - a bigscreen jukebox jam very loosely held together by a hoary plotline as old as cinema itself.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
October 3, 2013
Like The Proclaimers' best known song the picture starts slowly but builds to a joyous conclusion that will convince you to jump on the next train to Scotland and expect glorious sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ruth Carruthers
Little White Lies
October 3, 2013
Big smiles are guaranteed for Dexter Fletcher's charming musical monument to The Proclaimers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
May 21, 2014
A wee bit twee and syrupy, this jaunty Scottish musical works hard to take you from misery to happiness all to the upbeat sound of The Proclaimers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 3, 2013
Leaves you with cask-strength, capillary-reddening tingles of happiness that run to the very tip of your nose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Craig Mathieson
Sydney Morning Herald
May 19, 2014
Thankfully more pleasing than patronising, Sunshine on Leith works because it's not universal; while tidied up, it's still peculiar to a place and people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
September 12, 2013
A remorselessly rousing attempt to do for the Scottish pub rock twins what Mamma Mia! did for Abba or Tommy for The Who.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
The Australian
May 23, 2014
There are sentimental elements, and not all the songs are top-drawer, but despite that the unlikely idea of having characters burst into song as they walk down the street or drink in a pub worked for me.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 13, 2014
It starts out so fabulously in Afghanistan in this armoured vehicle and these boys just start spontaneously singing Sky Takes the Soul and I went, oh, this is so unexpected and beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 24, 2014
Fans of The Proclaimers will obviously eat this up while non-fans will appreciate the dramatic salt sprinkled over the musical sweetness that keeps this from becoming twee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
May 23, 2014
While it won't match ABBA's slam dunk success with Mamma Mia!, this irrepressibly appealing jukebox musical... will still find a receptive audience 'round these here parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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